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white house quietly pass a rule giving unions a huge tax break under obama care? that investigation is next. later, a bus full of kids so out of control the driver had to call the cops. wait until you hear who wound up in trouble. >> [ bleep ] focus on what you're doing. what if you hit somebody? you think it's [ bleep ] funny, look at me like a man. you want to grow up and be a man? look at me like a [ bleep ] man. ] i better take something. [ male announcer ] dayquil cold and flu doesn't treat all that. it doesn't? [ male anner ] alka-seltzer plus fights your worst cold symptoms plus has a fast-acting antihistamine. oh, what a relief it is! >>> from the world headquarters of fox news, it's "the kelly file" with megyn kelly. >>> well, for several weeks now we have seen reports about unions complaining over a new obama care tax that is reportedly pricey. we are trying to learn if this administration has quietly passed a rule giving unions a very big break on that tax. trace gallagher has the story. >> reporter: the tax is called a reinsurance fee. it's on nearly every health plan fo
. >> but the question is, is it an abdication of duty? the extension he is granting under obama care, just issuing, or is this within his discretion? because there is case law that these administrative-type things, postponement of tax collection, which he could say this is, that that is all okay to do administratively with the stroke of a pen? >> well, it is a matter of degree. there is no question there is a certain amount of discretion, the constitution requires that the president take care to faithfully execute the laws, that doesn't mean completely execute, but faithfully execute means to follow the congressional intent, and when the congressional intent is not re flected in how he expects the law to work out he doesn't have the authority to change it. he needs to come back to congress, why? because there is a great divide in congress over the obama care and he needs to negotiate. that is what the legislative branch is for, though, to make those hard negotiations and the lawmakers have the authority to pass the laws. >> there is a reason we have divided government. what is the difference betwe
boehner and rand paul, you've got company. another republican is covered under obama care. and there is more success stories emerging. >>> and so many on the right are still attempting to rewrite history when it comes to nelson mandela. why it's a betrayal of history. coming up. [ woman ] too weak. wears off. [ female announcer ] stop searching and start repairing. eucerin professional repair moisturizes while actually repairing very dry skin. the end of trial and error has arrived. try a free sample at eucerinus.com. does your mouth often feel dry? a dry mouth can be a side effect of many medications but it can also lead to tooth decay and bad breath. that's why there's biotene. available as an oral rinse, toothpaste, spray or gel, biotene can provide soothing relief, and it helps keep your mouth healthy, too. remember, while your medication is doing you good, a dry mouth isn't. biotene -- for people who suffer from dry mouth. >>> guess what, "politicsnation." your christmas shopping is officially done. i present to you the brand new ted cruz coloring book. yes, america,
are losing. according to the commonwealth fund, states not expanding medicaid under obama care will collectively lose more than 35 billion in federal funds in 2022 alone. this report covered 20 states all with republican governors and/or state legislatures that refuse to expand medicaid under the law after the u.s. supreme court made it optional in june. joining me now is kentucky governor steve bashir. sir, we talked about this and the success your state has seen because it's being held up as the state of success. all of whom are now eligible to be covered either through medicaid expansion or your state-run health exchange. your state's success was a result of planning and testing, but i'm curious, have you heard from other governors or state officials outside of the boundaries here that look at your success and want to know how you got this right and how they can replicate that in their own states? >> i've talked to some other governors as well as our staff talking to their staffs and trying to help out in any way we can. obviously, each state is unique that's why i am will s
. the obama administration under heavy criticism and scrutiny after botching the website's launch on october 1st says the site is better. much better. senior white house correspondent brianna keilar at the white house with more on this. good morning. >> good morning to you, carol. hhs officials say that over the course of the last couple months, there have been more than 400 fixes to healthcare.gov. at this point the capacity is at 50,000 users at a time being able to access the website and they have response rates down to less than a second. if folks go on the website, things should be moving a little more quickly. of course it's not just what consumers, people who are going on the website see that matters here, it's also insurers who take information from consumers and enroll them into insurance plans and there's still issues there it appears. a spokesman for the industry group that represents insurance companies saying there's still a number of problems with the back-end systems. insurers are still getting enrollment files that have dupe plative and have missing or inactive information and
under the aca, but under obama care as a whole. take a listen. >> first of all, this isn't comprehensive because it's excluding the undocumented immigrant and it's excluding the unborn baby, so we begin to bristle at that. and secondly we said, and wait a minute, we who are pretty -- we catholics who are kind of among the pros when it comes to providing health care do it because of our religious conviction and because of the dictates of our conscience and now we're being asked to violate some of those. so that's when we began to worry and drawback and say mr. president, please, you're really kind of -- you're really kind of pushing aside some of your greatest supporters here. >> congressman, as a catholic do you agree with that? the cardinal went on to say they have been on the front end of this, i think he threw out 1919, trying to get our government to take up what it means to have health care in this country. but do you think that catholic supporters are going to hear the cardinal there and say, you know what, maybe i don't think so highly of obama care. >> i just hope that all suppor
the deciding vote for obama care. >> southern democrats under attack. could republicans turn the state red by picking off a few vulnerable dems?
. >> there's no doubt that under president obama our country is falling into what i'll call a new normal. economic growth, high unemployment, stagnant wages. >> is that the new economy? is that recovery? >> that's the way the economy looked about three months ago. i think that latest news has been significantly better than that. and i would say that it's really a challenge to both parties. i think that democrats and the people have been saying that we have secular stagnation and need a much bigger stimulus and stuck in this new normal, too. i think everybody is ursurprise by the good news. nobody figured out what the political story is. >> i don't think he's wrong that economy remains pretty weak. >> it's not a new normal in my view. >> you think it will get better? >> absolutely. i mean i am -- as convicted as i've ever been about the state of american economy. we have come a long way from righting the wrong that's got us into this mess. american companies are competitive. i can feel confidence coming back. as soon as we do, we're going to get stronger. >> enough talk like this everybod
. >> reporter: but republicans argue the president should look in the mirror. >> under president obama, our country has fallen into what i'll call a new normal. slow economic growth, high unemployment, stagnant wages. >> people on the streets right now are protesting because they want a higher minimum wage. they are saying they're not feeling it. >> the fact is the president has long supported policies and continues to support policies and has taken action on policies that go right at this issue. that work is not done. >> reporter: and there was one small glimmer of hope for bipartisanship on the economy. president obama called for an extension of the unemployment benefits by the end of the year and after hearing that house speaker john boehner said he will take a look at it. the way things have been going here in washington lately, wolf, that almost qualifies as a holiday miracle. >> that's a good point as well. jim acosta, thanks very much. gloria borger is here. she's our chief political analyst. why isn't the white house, gloria, making more of these positive numbers? >> you know, as ji
there are other problems under obama care. policies have higher deductibles. the average deductible for the lowest level of insurance on health care.gov is more than $5,000. >> u-t says bob filner will be facing sense snensing today. >>> "usa today" looks at a passenger who fell asleep on his flight. he found himself locked on a cold empty plane on friday and the crew of united express express jet did not notice him during layover in houston. he called his girlfriend who called united who called him out. >> when he called his girlfriend she did not miss it. >> how do you miss a sleeping guy in a chair. >> meant to be there. i fell asleep. >> i'm left on a plane. >> that would induce panic. >> i wonder if anyone's going to lose their job. i don't know. >> no, i don't think so. >> or a girlfriend. >> better yet. that's right. >>> okay. speaking of one of our favorite royals, prince harry, your favorite charlie. >> he's my guy. >> his charity race to the south pole has been suspended. for the past week he walked with a team of wounded warriors. they were raci
talking about today as well. our own robert frank tweeting earlier inequality irony. under obama america has added 2.3 million millionaires. an increase from 6.7 to 9 million plus, and he's been following a lot of that coverage for us. jeff hull tweeting the word strong appears 69 times in today's beige book, down from 99 in the october 16 release. haven't really had a chance to talk much about the beige book but did have an undercurrent of weakness, confusing given some of the other pockets of strength that we've seen. also this story. after uber saying it's going to deliver christmas trees in some cities conor saying i'm wonder if we'll look back at uber as just a car service as we did look the at amazon as being just for books back in 1988. >> phil and i were talking how far we've come as a country, as a nation, as citizens, technology just in the last 0 years. just staggering. >> i think about warren buffett. remember when he was skeptical about a microsoft or about an apple as investments because they weren't -- didn't fall into his understandability. >> i don't know it. >> and toda
the "fast and furious" documents that president obama is withholding from congress under executive privilege. >> what are those documents? what do they say? what is in there that won't be turned over? >> reporter: after two transfers dodson is now working out of atf's tucson office. they tried to block it saying it would hurt morale but would eventually clear it. he said the only danger of the book is it empowers other would-be whistle blowers. >> it tells people out there you know what, you can make a decision, you can make a choice. you can say no and stand up and take a stand against the agency. and they don't want that to get out there. >> atf says it encourages anyone who sees wrongdoing to report it through the prop everyer channels but had no comment on dodson or his book. the justice department says he's free to speak out about his experiences and publish his book but is forbidden from accepting compensation for it under ethics rules. dobson says the book will be published with or without compensation. norah and charlie. >>> florida state is the new numbe
to the hard study under the age 25 in favor of throwing president obama out of office. >> interesting people out younger are more disapproving than older. some speculate those older voted for him way back in 2008 and they might have more of an attachment this the president. >> i look back to myself when i was that age we wanted to throw everybody out all the time anyway. never satisfied as a very outcome person. at least maybe i was not as responsible as others. i just wanted to throw everybody out. >> yeah. obama cass different different. 68% of age 18 to 29 voted for him in 2012. 60% dropout still voted for him in 2008. if you gone out and said people who voted for me i'm going to raise your taxes by $1,000, $2,000. people making 25, $30,000 right out of college. effectively by making them pay more for healthcare is that tax increase. >> a lot not happy with the nsa surveillance. >> younger voters more skeptical of government surveillance it seems. division that a lot of people hadn't heard of edward snowden and evenly split whether he was a patriot or traitor among those who had heard of
in washington, meantime, president obama giving the odds of achieving a long-term agreement with iran 50/50 at best. >>> meantime, the pentagon under fire tonight for its decision to buy combat helicopters made in russia. lawmakers on both sides, asking, why not made in america? here tonight, abc's aditi roy. >> reporter: tonight, new questions arise as to why the pentagon chose to spend more than $1 billion on dozens of russian mi-17 helicopters, to support afghan troops, bypassing u.s. manufacturers. the defense department signed the deal more than two years ago and pentagon officials defended the move, citing a 2010 top secret study, which they said recommended the russian helicopter as the top choice. but the associated press has obtained excerpts of the study, which said the u.s. manufactured chinook helicopter was the, quote, most cost effective single platform type fleet for the afghan air force over a 20-year period. the russian deal sparking outrage in congress, as lawmakers pressed officials during defense department budget hearings in april. >> with all the tens of billions of
hundreds of millions of devices. >>> president obama is turning his attention no to income and equality. he says the federal deficit is under control and doesn't present a serious threat to the economy but he says the gap between the rich and the poor is a different story. the president making a plea to raise the minimum wage to more than $10 and an extension of unemployment benefits. >> we know that we're going to have a greater and greater portion of our people in the service sector and we know that there are airport workers and fast food workers and nurse assistants and retail salespeople who work their tails off ian are still living at or barely above poverty. and that is why it's well past the time to raise a minimum wage that in real terms right now is below where it was when harry truman was in office. >> republican leaders took issue with the president's approach. house speaker john boehner suggesting mr. obama's policy created the very problems he described. >>> another government shutdown looming next month they are trying to hammer out a budget deal now. republicans and democrats
here and act out to survive their party. >> obama care working in california is one of the success stories not getting the attention it deserves. but the single must under covered story is this. the affordable care act will cost less than was originally projected because it appears the effect of the law on health care costs. today the president touted this development. >> health care costs are riding at the lowest rate in 50 years. so we're bending the cost of health care overall which benefits everybody. >> a round of applause. sally cone is joining me. dean, i will begin with you. we should say that the slow increase in rate and spending care, we don't know what they are fully yet. but explain to folks how big a deal this is with the cbo now downward revising it's projections out into the future. >> this is huge. we have seen the sharpest slow down in health care costs in post world war ii history. the difference between the projections in 2008 and what we think we're going to pay this year, it is $550 per person. $2200 for a family of four. is obama care responsible for all of t
been facing. president obama did it before an audient of college students. msnbc's own chris matthews at american university in washington. voting itself, specifically the efforts under way in republican-controlled states to make it harder to vote. chris asked the president what he asked to do to stop the suppression. >> early next year, we're going to put forward what we know will be a bipartisan effort or a bipartisan proposal to encourage people to vote. you can't say you take pride in american democracy, american constitutionalism, american exceptionalism and then you do everything you can to make it harder for people to vote as opposed to make it easier for people to vote. >> we have msnbc contributor, a columnist at the washington post. a political columnist and progressive activist. jonathan, let's peck up that quote we just played for obama there saying next year we will have some sort of bipartisan plan on voting rights. i took a step back. are we sure it's going to be bipartisan? are we sure there will be meaningful bipartisan plan. everything i have seen tells me there may
.s. ambassador to south africa under both president bush 41 and then president clinton, and of course during the inauguration of nelson mandela. also author to 'n'. senior adviser to president obama for u.s. institute for peace. thank you very much. you've seen all of this history and you were there on the ground during this tumultuous period. president bush 41, as we just showed, quickly moved beyond the shadow of the early reagan years where president reagan vetoed legislation and that veto over with. the state department secretary of state schultz and others, former senate foreign relations chairman dick lugar were pushing very strongly for a different policy. >> they were. they knew the veto was a mistake. right after that secretary schultz moved to redescribe anc not as terrorist organization and open up contacts with the group in osaka. >> you were on the ground when he came out -- >> after he came out. >> moved into the negotiations which were critical. >> went up and down in 1992, had a break in the negotiations, a serious break over violence. the two presidents, the two leaders, nel
. >>> and a big jump in jobs. does president obama deserve credit for improving the u.s. economy after a surprisingly strong employment report? i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >>> a ten-day mourning period is under way for one of the most influential leaders of our me
employer mandate. however, a new poll shows one key group president obama was hoping would sign up for coverage the so-called young invincibles is the least informed about the law. gallop finds 63% of adults under the age of 30 say they are familiar with the law. that's nine points lower than any other group suggesting the white house still has a lot of work to do. and yesterday, during a google hang out, senator john cornyn accused the obama administration of lying on a number of issues including the benghazi raid and obama care. >> i think the current administration has taken lying to a new level. the willingness to mislead people or provide them just demonstrably false information and expect to move on. we've seen that most recently in the health care debate over if you like what you have you can keep it. something we can go back to 2010 and demonstrate that the department of health and human services knew was false. >> jim, he's running for re-election next year. >> is that an excuse. >> a lot of democrats running in the south and i think you guys have the story on this, a lot
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